Kenneth FariedNBA Player Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets has just made history, becoming the first NBA player to join gay rights group, Athlete Ally, an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports.

“Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country,” 23-year-old said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The issue hits home for Faried, literally. He was raised in Newark, NJ by a lesbian couple who entered into a civil union in 2007. “I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community — whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans — to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities,” he said.

Last month, Faried appeared in a video for LGBT rights group OneColorado with his two mothers by his side. He announced his support for marriage equality and said, “Nobody can ever tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do.”

Other members of Athlete Ally include Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns and Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans.

According to a press release, “Faried will act as a liaison between the organization and the NBA, help promote Athlete Ally’s mission to end homophobia in sports by speaking out to his team, league and fan base, and encouraging his colleagues to join in the effort.”

Do you think more NBA members should join Athlete Ally?

  • Anthony

    I’m glad to see him work for a cause he supports.

  • Salmon

    Good to hear! Glad he’s active in the sports community. Athlete Ally has done some great work to bring unity among athletes across all sexual orientations.

  • Tonton Michel

    I have this dude on my fantasy basketball team, he has served me well. He has my full support just keep those double doubles coming homeboy.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    Whether or not they should is up to them. Are any of them interested?

  • bornliberian

    @art,gay or straight he seems secure with who he is and where he came from. good for him and i hope wins the slam dunk contest tonite.

  • Fantastico

    I’m glad to hear it!

  • opinionatedgal

    Good for him!

  • Alfalfa

    I saw a video of him with his moms. They looked like a sweet family. Here’s to more acceptance, everywhere!

  • Kaeli

    Not really sure why it
    matters. Don’t really think his personal sexual orientation is relevant.

Latest Stories

Watch: ‘Black People Mate’ a Parody About the Ridiculous Stats on Black Women & Dating


University President Under Fire for Wanting to Make School Less White In the Future


Taraji P. Henson Says European Men Are Less ‘Bitter’ and ‘Jaded’ Than American Men


Style Inspiration: Casual Work Outfits

More in Kenneth Faried, LGBTQ
Gay Marriage Bill
Illinois Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill

Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same Sex Couples